Our Week In Disney World – Part 11 – Winding Down Disney

Alas, all good things must come to an end and so we found ourselves on our last day at Disney World. After a quick breakfast at Pop Century, we headed back to the Magic Kingdom for the last time. The boys quickly found Pluto and took their picture with him. JSL, though wanting to hold my hand, wasn’t completely terrified of the character anymore. Progress!

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After this, we went on the Winnie the Pooh ride that we intended to go on the previous day. Both NHL and JSL liked seeing Pooh, Tigger and company through the various stories.

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Next, B went to get us boarding passes for our flight the next day while I took the boys on Dumbo. Before she left, I realized something. I left my cell phone at the hotel room! I said we’d meet back near Dumbo. She mentioned that there was a playground right near and the boys could go on that. Then she left.

NHL and JSL loved the Dumbo ride. We were able to see the park pretty well from high up. After we landed, I took a photo of the boys by a Dumbo topiary and then in an animal cage.

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Seeing a line to meet Ariel and knowing he hadn’t gotten her autograph, NHL asked to get on line. We waited while I watched for B. As we neared Ariel, I finally saw her. NHL suddenly proclaimed that he didn’t want to wait on line. No amount of coaxing could convince him and he bolted from the line. All that waiting had been for naught!

We made our way over to Pirates of the Carribean where JSL repeated his Haunted Mansion performance. He was frightened of the ride and fell asleep on my shoulder! Poor little guy. Oh, also around this time I found my cell phone. It was hidden in the bottom of my pocket the whole time! Troublesome little device.


After a quick lunch at The Pinocchio Village Haus restaurant, we headed for Splash Mountain. NHL and I went on the ride where we learned all about Brer Rabbit and his attempts to avoid Brer Fox and Brer Bear. After we went on, B child swapped with me so NHL could go on a second time. See them in the back?

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Since JSL was up, we headed back to Toontown so NHL and JSL could see Mickey and Minnie’s houses. We waited in the judges tent to get a photo with Mickey, but got tired of waiting in the heat, realized how late it was and decided to leave.

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We did have time for one more ride, so we all piled into the Teacups and took those for a whirl. After our quick spin, we spotted the White Rabbit with a tiny line. As we got on line, we were told that we were the last ones. Not only was that a stroke of luck, but JSL didn’t even demand to hold my hand this time. I was actually able to walk all the way out of the shot! Huzzah!

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We made our way out of the Magic Kingdom from shop to shop (avoiding a parade in progress) and hopped on the Monorail to Epcot. Once there, we made our way past some topiaries (surprise surprise) to Le Cellier.

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While we waited for our food, JSL proved that he can be quite the Camera Clown.

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Then we ate our food. Notice my dessert. Chocolate moose! YUM!

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As we wandered around Epcot, we stumbled upon a treasure. A place to get your picture taken with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy. Not only this, but it was indoors (and thus air conditioned) and had TVs playing old Disney cartoons. Score! Waiting on this line was a breeze and soon we had the photos we so desired. NHL even ran up to hug Goofy. The boys were quite happy.

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And with that, we bid Epcot adieu. We got on the bus back to Pop Century. We weren’t completely finished, however. Our dining plan still had 4 snacks on it and we couldn’t let those go to waste. So we bought 2 Mickey Ice Cream Bars for the boys to eat right there and 2 Mickey marshmallow crispy bars for them to eat when we got home.

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And thus our Disney time wound down to a close.

The next day, we took a relatively uneventful (except for some frightening turbulence as we landed) flight home and let the boys tear into their Mickey marshmallow crispy bars.

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Our Week In Disney World – Part 10 – JSL’s Pooh-rific Birthday

After our late night out the previous day, we decided to take Thursday, May 14th as a day off. After the boys woke up, we gave JSL some of his B-Day presents. These included a set of Sesame Street toys and a Pluto hat from one of the Disney World shops. (He called it his “Pup Pup hat.”) Then, we ate breakfast at Pop Century. Yes, we had tie dye cheesecake for breakfast. We were on vacation! JSL also received his gift from B’s parents, a Stitch backpack.

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Our Week In Disney World – Part 9 – Around the World (and Into Space) in One Day

On Wednesday, May 13th, we had a dinner reservation at the Coral Reef restaurant in Epcot, so we decided to spend the entire day there. First, we stopped for breakfast at Pop Century’s restaurant. The boys loved devouring Mickey Mouse waffles. Then it was on the bus to head on over.

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As we approached, the kids loved seeing the “giant ball” (aka Spaceship Earth). We entered the park and made our way over to Soarin’. We quickly “Fast Passed” this to come back to it and then went to “The Seas.” Here we saw (what else) “The Seas with Nemo and Friends.” This ride sees you through a condensed version of Finding Nemo (well, a new story, not a retelling of the movie). The gimmick is that the ocean life (except for the main characters) are real. You ride through a real (giant) aquarium with real fish. Projected “inside” these tanks are Dory, Marlin and others. The only downside is that it’s so dark, no photos of mine came out at all. Oh well.

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Our Week In Disney World – Part 8 – A Magical Day

On Tuesday, May 12th, we decided to spend the day at the Magic Kingdom. Indeed, the day was quite magical. As we walked down Main Street in the morning, we saw a painting on the ground. Except it wasn’t done with paint. Apparently, when they wash everything, they spray water so that it makes a certain design. The one that I saw was Goofy with “Have A Magical Day” written underneath. Quite impressive.


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Our Week In Disney World – Part 7 – Animal (Kingdom) Antics

After our trip to Disney World last year, I started blogging a day by day account of the events. Then I just stopped. I meant to pick it up again, but things happened to distract me. Has it really been 7 months? With Disney Social Media Moms coming up (and thus a new source of Disney World blogging approaching), I decided I needed to finally knuckle down and finish this series up.

While I’m at it, I’m going to change the numbering. The Roman Numerals were cool to begin with, but I can see this is going to take *way* too many blog posts. I just can’t see posting “Our Week In Disney World – Part XXIV” instead of “Our Week In Disney World – Part 24.”

All that said, let’s see where we were last time Ah yes, we had enjoyed a Mother’s Day dinner with “Mom” at the 50’s Prime Time Diner, shopped at Downtown Disney and gone to sleep. This takes us to Monday, May 11th and the Animal Kingdom.

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